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Auto-Patcher For Windows 98se (English)

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In the case of installing a repotec wp-1400 wireless lan NIC, I had zero success after autopatching, but it went fine once 98SE2ME was installed.

I wonder whether it is more appropriate to attempt to install hardware drivers AFTER all patching/updating has been completed...

I am trying to establish for myself, and perhaps others, what is the proper order for applying this and other fine work from the board to a fresh installation of 98SE.

A search of the board yields contradictory and, often, out of date answers. And although I think that a comprehensive answer to this question deserves ultimately to be made into a sticky, a new thread may fail to attract the attention of those familiar with the Autopatcher which is probably the most essential element of such an installation.

My best take on the matter would be this:

0. 98SE CD

1. 98lite chubby for 98Se installation - optional

2. Autopatcher Dec2007Full + Dec2008 update

a. TweakUI for autologin

b. directx 9c

c. dcom

d. IE 6 - optional

e. Jet - opitonal (include for security updates)

f. critical updates, etc.

g. other stuff to taste

- java and other third-party stuff perhaps best installed manually if the destination it be a driver other than C:

4. Hardware drivers

5. WordPerfect - optional (see 9. below)

6. 98SE2ME - optional but highly recommended

-2nd install option again recommended

-3rd install option not recommended for reasons of speed and compatibility

7. 98MP10 - optional (for those installing Media Player via Autopatcher?)

8. Kernel Update Project - optional but highly recommended

9. Revolution Pack 9 - optional but recommended

- clear type is beautiful but messes cosmetically with Grammatik in WordPerfect

- possibly prevents WordPerfect from installing correctly, and in particular the spell checker from functioning, if installed before WordPerfect

10. Software generally (Word, Open Office, etc.)

Please offer corrections, suggestions, alternatives.

In particular, are there still packages that should be applied before autopatcher (SESp2.1a en,WUPG98en, etc.)?

The goal is make such fine work as accessible as possible. So thank you for contributing.

[3. was edited out of existence based upon soporific's response below.]

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I recently had to restore my main system and forgot to back these up in the process. It seems like soporific's site is down again, so could anyone point me to where I can find the December 2007 and 2008 updates, please?

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I have one question regarding AutoPatcher...

I installed it, and now I got a several second long wait before icons appear on desktop. MSGSRV32.EXE is what is waiting there... the wait does not happen when I have networking disabled. I had the problem on my previous install too but it just went away after couple of reboots, but this time it has stayed...

EDIT: Problem solved. It was caused by Directory Services update. I did a manual install of it, then uninstalled it from Add/Remove programs and everything is back to normal :D

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I think that most of what's in there is good for ME.

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could anyone point me to where I can find the December 2007 and 2008 updates, please?

I am beginning to build a web page for things that seem to have "fallen off the edge of the internet", and that I have legitimate copies of, so this looks like a prime candidate. The page can be found here: http://inkt.co.cc/5353/ . Hope that helps. Sorry for the ads on FileFactory.com

Jeff

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could anyone point me to where I can find the December 2007 and 2008 updates, please?

I am beginning to build a web page for things that seem to have "fallen off the edge of the internet", and that I have legitimate copies of, so this looks like a prime candidate. The page can be found here: http://inkt.co.cc/5353/ . Hope that helps. Sorry for the ads on FileFactory.com

Jeff

Thanks many, we've been expecting some1 to post these links. :thumbup

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@all...

I've posted a mirror here:

http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#AP98

* Unofficial Windows 98 SE Auto-Patcher v2.60 installs all Microsoft + most Unofficial Updates + Fixes, 98 SE SP2, DirectX 9.0c, MS IE 6.0 SP1, MDAC 2.8 SP1, WMP9, .NET Framework 2.1, 98SE2ME (English, free):

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=80800

- Auto-Patcher December 2007 Full [287 MB]:

http://www.mdgx.com/spx/AP2007.EXE

- Auto-Patcher December 2008 Upgrade [46 MB]:

http://www.mdgx.com/spx/AP2008UP.EXE

Auto-Patcher December 2008 Upgrade requires Auto-Patcher December 2007 Full already installed!

Also listed here:

http://www.mdgx.com/upd98me.php

Enjoy.

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Auto-Patcher for Windows 98 SE (English)

11/16/10 0547 CST

I tried the following links from this page. They failed yesterday and today.

Downloads:

Latest Upgrade version:

December 2007 Final to December 2008 UPGRADE:

download link

Size: 45.36 MB

MD5: 326313710CED36DEB721A72325E142BA

The above download link refers to this URL

http://soporific.dsleague.com/files/AutoPatcher98.Dec08_UPGRADE.exe'>http://soporific.dsleague.com/files/AutoPatcher98.Dec08_UPGRADE.exe

The response on downloading was

Not Found

The requested URL /files/AutoPatcher98.Dec08_UPGRADE.exe was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

and

Latest full version:

December 2007 Final FULL:

download link

Size: 286.46 MB

MD5: 10107332C30837B2837BF90513A22CD0

The above download link refers to URL

http://soporific.dsleague.com/files/AutoPatcher98.Dec07.Final.exe'>http://soporific.dsleague.com/files/AutoPatcher98.Dec07.Final.exe

The response to downloading was

Not Found

The requested URL /files/AutoPatcher98.Dec07.Final.exe was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

My attempt to go to the base URL

http://soporific.dsleague.com/

Failed with the response

Site Temporarily Unavailable

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the webmaster/ tech support immediately to have them rectify this.

error id: "bad_httpd_conf"

Rod

For me to believe is insufficient for you to know. --- rodalsa

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In case you didn't notice, the files you are looking for are mirrored in the post just above yours. ;)

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In case you didn't notice, the files you are looking for are mirrored in the post just above yours. ;)

Thanks for waking me up!

Rod

For me to believe is insufficient for you to know. --- rodalsa

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Too bad about the lack of community support. This project should be a sticky and really should become the preferred method to update a fresh Windows install, or even an older Windows install since it only updates what isn't already there.

I HAVE to get v1.95 released !! ... I will comment on the rest soon ...

(and thanks for the sticky !!!)

Can anyone confirm whether this project is still alive?

I am concerned that this thread has now been removed from the "sticky" topics on the board........

:(

soporific,

This A-P topic is still on the sticky list [has never been removed]:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=95815

HTH

It is indeed listed as "sticky" within that thread.

But it is no longer "stickyfied" per se. Are there two levels of "stickiness"?

Regarding AutoPatcher for Win98:

* i originally made it to save me heaps of time patching win98 machines

* i stopped using win98 myself a few years ago but still kept up with keeping AutoPatcher updated because i was still seeing machines that were running Win98 that i was being asked to patch.

* recently, i have been using it much much less and so it doesn't need updating nearly as much.

* i won't be releasing updates any sooner than once a year, unless there is a very good reason to.

* expect the next update in December this year.

i hope that clears stuff up. I'm not too fussed about the loss of sticky status.

OK, regarding the expected update for December 2009, were there any actual updates in the pipeline or was this just conjecture about possible updates to come?

BTW, I've not used this package myself, so cannot comment on its merits.

Joe.

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I suppose i should weigh in to the debate :)

The reason i was ignoring this thread was because of the tone of the guy who was complaining about the lack of an easy accessz zip file. I didn't expect this many replies though! Thanks to all those who put him straight ;)

And Kel was right, in this instance, the Inno Installer was indeed acting as a wrapper for all the files. I used it so i could fine-tune the installer messages, fine-tune the creation of shortcuts (NEEDED), and also provide an easy uninstall after the user used the patcher. All someone needs to do to 'get' at the files is to install the 'program', copy the program files to another location. and then choose to uninstall. Sorry for not mentioning this in the first post. I will rectify this.

There was previously a zip file available, but when my website was hacked into and i lost all the content, i didn't feel like re-uploading another 300 MB zip file. Why? Because the inno installer really is all a user needs. Again, Kel was right with this. Moral of the story? Listen to Kel :)

Sop.

Firstly, since back in 2008, I downloaded a file called 'AutoPatcher98.Dec.07.Final.(Zip.version).zip', and really don't want to download another 300MB (it's difficult) unnecessarily, would the correct installation sequence with this starting point be as follows? :

1. Unzip the above file to an installation directory

2. Run AP2008UP.EXE and point it to the same directory

3. Run the installation batch file

Secondly, can anyone confirm if the correct MD5 or CRC32 for the ZIP file should be as follows? :

MD5 = e2a6a3729e70692032c5f7c76be04323

CRC32 = 2dd8fb02

Finally, may I humbly suggest to add to the first page here, a comment to the effect that the executable files of this package can be extracted using 'innounp.exe' from http://sourceforge.net/projects/innounp/

This would help ease concerns by people such as Sweet William about the opaqueness of this package, aka. "the debate" referred to above. BTW, in case you guys think he's paranoid, you should perhaps ponder the implications of "my website was hacked into", also mentioned above.

Joe.

PS. It is not my intent to reopen "the debate", rather to offer a suggestion to address one of the concerns and reduce the chance of a similar debate in the future. That and seek information concerning the ZIP version.

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Finally, may I humbly suggest to add to the first page here, a comment to the effect that the executable files of this package can be extracted using 'innounp.exe' from http://sourceforge.net/projects/innounp/
Your wish is my command... ;-)

I've added a new FYI into the 1st post concerning innounp + Inno Setup.

Also added strike-out lines over old, invalid links.

HTH

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Finally, may I humbly suggest to add to the first page here, a comment to the effect that the executable files of this package can be extracted using 'innounp.exe' from http://sourceforge.net/projects/innounp/
Your wish is my command... ;-)

I've added a new FYI into the 1st post concerning innounp + Inno Setup.

Also added strike-out lines over old, invalid links.

HTH

Thanks, M.D.

Glad to see someone is maintaining this thread! ;)

Joe.

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Is there still any activity in this thread or the authors work, or have all relevant been included into the 2007FULL and 2008UP release?

Nothing new has come up since?

/Pindsen

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Dead, end-of-line, nada, no more, zilch. It works as good as it gets. 2008 was the end of the road as far as AutoPatcher. Not much new except some odds-and-ends (see the USP98SE thread).

I should knw because I participated in the development and have had no real desire (or time) to "improve" it. Sorry...

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Just wanted to let people know incase they come up with the same problems that I did, the file AP2007.exe located at the mirror here, http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#AP98 is the wrong file. If you install this then put the 2008 update on top of that you will get loads of errors during installation about missing components. I do not think that all updates are included in this file.

 

You need to download the files here instead and you will have no problems, the file names are the same but the files are different.

 

Auto-Patcher December 2007 Full:
http://www.mdgx.com/spx/AP2007.EXE

Auto-Patcher December 2008 Upgrade:
http://www.mdgx.com/spx/AP2008UP.EXE

 

Edit: You know what I just realised that the two download links are exactly the flipping same! I don't understand what happened, when I downloaded from http://www.mdgx.com/web.htm#AP98 I got a slightly smaller file that extracted to C:\Program Files\AutoPatcher98 and had a different installer program and the icon was different, but when I downloaded from the 2nd link the file was bigger, and had the same icon as the 2008 upgrade, I'm confused!

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Nuh-uh, dude. Those are good links. I have the "originals" from the Soporific (defunct) website and they binary compare exactly.

 

Try a resumable downloader (e.g. FlashGet) because your downloads must be screwed up -or- you've got a bad index on your HDD.

 

How, exactly, did you download (do NOT use IE "save as" because it DOES fail), on what OS, on what size HDD/Partition? P.S. this is an ENGLISH package.

 

FWIW, there's also a 98SE SP3 here as well

http://www.htasoft.com/u98sesp/

Topic (wonderfully long) here -

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/61749-98-se-sp-332/

 

And do read the "stickies" for any special things you may need to do depending on your (newer) hardware (limitations), e.g. RAM, HDD size, SATA, etc.

 

HTH

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Is there a mirror or torrent of the 2007 Full 300MB zip ?

 

Or has everyone moved on to using 98SE SP3 instead?

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Well, great work. Just installed a retro machine for some retro gaming and software. So this was great.

 

Now is there also something like this for Windows 95? I have a tripple boot on that machine along whit Dos, but i'm need some patches and stuff for W95. Oh i|m running the OSR2.5 on it, if that matters.

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Well, great work. Just installed a retro machine for some retro gaming and software. So this was great.

 

Now is there also something like this for Windows 95? I have a tripple boot on that machine along whit Dos, but i'm need some patches and stuff for W95. Oh i|m running the OSR2.5 on it, if that matters.

 

 

Unfortunately there is no Auto-Patcher for 95 as submix8c pointed out. There are several projects here pertaining to 95 though, as linked and otherwise. You should be aware though that not all of those projects are compatible with each other, so mixing them all together is not advised. For example using the Unofficial Service Pack in conjunction with FIX95CPU or XUSBSUPP can create a potentially unstable or unbootable system.

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